In honor of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act passed by Congress 100 years ago, the National Geographic Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the National Audubon Society have joined forces to make 2018 the Year of the Bird.
Originally signed by the United States and Canada, the treaty prohibits “hunting, killing, capturing, possession, sale, transportation and exportation of migratory birds, and their feathers, eggs and nests.” Included in the act today are Mexico, Japan, and Russia with more than 1,000 bird species protected.
Students from four schools are exhibiting drawings and paintings of migratory birds:
- River Crest Elementary School (Hudson, WI)
- Lake Country Montessori School (Minneapolis, MN)
- Unity School (Balsam Lake, WI)
- Escuela Saturnino (Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica)
Browse the lobby walls to see an Osprey, a Yellow Warbler, a Blue-Winged Teal, and many more.
The Year of the Bird Youth Art Exhibit was coordinated by artist Nanci Olesen, who participated in the Tropical Wings Costa Rica Birdathon in February. Olesen’s exhibit, “Drawings and Musings from a First-Time Birder” playfully chronicles the daily life of the Tropical Wings’ birding expedition in the rainforests, jungles, villages, and beaches of Costa Rica.
Tropical Wings supports the Sister Parks Agreement between the National Park Service in the Upper Midwest and national parks on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica by promoting an awareness of Neotropical migratory birds and supporting habitat conservation.